AE: Is there anything you want to say to your fans?
MLP: You know, I love my lesbian fans. And I just did this little webisode — my girlfriend Cat [Davis] and I — she’s gay, and it’s all about me helping her pick up girls, ’cause I’m her wingman. … So she’s gonna put it on YouTube at some point. Hopefully it’ll be out there. … It’s me helping her pick up girls ’cause she’s like a lesbian who can’t pick up girls. I’m helping her as a straight woman showing her how to pick up girls.
AE: Did you give her any special tips?
MLP: Yeah, I’m like: "Watch. Get in the van. Are you gay? Get in the van."
AE: So you’re very direct — that’s the tip that you give her.
MLP: Yeah, I’m just like, "Be nice to women, that’s what they want."
AE: That’s true.
MLP: Yeah, and you know I love my lesbian fan base.
AE: Well, they love you [laughs].
MLP: It’s true, I have a soft spot. It’s true.
Parker as Nancy Botwin in Weeds
AE: Do you ever wish — I know this is a long time ago, but do you ever wish the story line on Fried Green Tomatoes was a little bit more —
MLP: Yes! Well, in some ways I do. I tried to make it a little bit more articulated at the time, but they didn’t really want to go that way. And in some ways I wish that it was, and then in some ways I think maybe the audience wouldn’t have gone there, so I don’t know — I have very mixed feelings about it. Because I tried — I really tried to push it at the time, and they didn’t want to go there with me.
AE: Who didn’t want to go there?
MLP: [emphatically] No one.
AE: Not even your co-star?
MLP: Oh no, Mary Stuart did, Fannie Flagg did, but not the director, not the producer, nobody else.
AE: Wow, OK.
MLP: But I was really trying to push it, and they were like [shakes head].
AE: Times have changed, I guess.
MLP: Yeah, for sure.
Mary-Louise Parker currently stars in Weeds, which airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.